Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sign Of The Times

IOL News (publisher of 15 South African newspapers):

Memorial sign language man ‘a fake’

December 11 2013 at 10:24am

The deaf community is angry over what they say was a fake sign language interpreter used at former president Nelson Mandela's memorial, according to reports.

According to various online reports, the sign language interpreter used at the memorial at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday may have been unqualified.

Braam Jordaan, a deaf South African citizen and board member of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WDF), was quoted as saying : “The structure of his hand, facial expressions and the body movements did not follow what the speaker was saying.

“I was really upset and humiliated by the mystery interpreter who was supposed to be signing what Barack Obama, the president of United States of America was saying... He made up his own signs.”

How did this happen? Did they think no one would notice? And... is nothing sacred?

1 comment:

  1. Apparently the supposed "sign language interpreter" is a guy with mental problems who managed to scam a number of people into believing he was actually a sign language interpreter. He has gotten away with it in the past because the notion of sign language interpreters is new and novel in South Africa and thus deaf people don't generally tune in to the sorts of programs where a sign language interpreter would be employed. The funeral service of their beloved Mandela, of course, is the exception to that general rule, and was this guy's downfall.



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